Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of White Rock, CY - British Columbia 1

Map of White Rock, CY (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of White Rock, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: White Rock, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: White Rock, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
32
Nat. rank
209

In 2011, White Rock (City) had a population of 19,339, representing a percentage change of 3.1% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 5.13 square kilometres with a population density of 3,773.5 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 922,509.29 square kilometres with a population density of 4.8 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, White Rock (City) had 9,866 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 3.6%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

White Rock (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Vancouver.

Population and dwelling counts

White Rock (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 White Rock (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Surrey, B.C. CY 468,251 394,976 18.6
Semiahmoo, B.C. IRI 108 109 -0.9

British Columbia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 British Columbia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Langford CY 29,228 22,459 30.1
Lake Country DM 11,708 9,606 21.9
Port Moody CY 32,975 27,512 19.9
Kent DM 5,664 4,738 E 19.5
Surrey CY 468,251 394,976 18.6

British Columbia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 British Columbia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Kitimat DM 8,335 8,987 -7.3
Peace River D RDA 5,479 5,749 -4.7
Esquimalt DM 16,209 16,840 -3.7
Hope DM 5,969 6,185 -3.5
Okanagan-Similkameen D RDA 5,717 5,913 -3.3

Age and sex

White Rock, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 White Rock, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 9.3% 10.4% 8.4%
15 to 64 61.3% 63.8% 59.3%
65 and over 29.4% 25.9% 32.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in White Rock, CY was 29.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 61.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 9.3%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

White Rock, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 White Rock, CY – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 19,340 18,755 585 3.1
0 to 14 1,795 1,940 -145 -7.5
15 to 64 11,860 11,610 250 2.2
65 and over 5,685 5,210 475 9.1
Males
Total 8,735 8,455 280 3.3
0 to 14 905 965 -60 -6.2
15 to 64 5,570 5,480 90 1.6
65 and over 2,265 2,010 255 12.7
Females
Total 10,605 10,295 310 3.0
0 to 14 895 975 -80 -8.2
15 to 64 6,290 6,130 160 2.6
65 and over 3,420 3,195 225 7.0

White Rock, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 White Rock, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 19,340 8,735 10,605
0 to 4 years 575 300 275
5 to 9 years 545 280 265
10 to 14 years 680 325 355
15 to 19 years 785 390 400
20 to 24 years 730 370 355
25 to 29 years 825 385 445
30 to 34 years 840 415 420
35 to 39 years 960 460 500
40 to 44 years 1,095 525 575
45 to 49 years 1,420 655 765
50 to 54 years 1,585 710 875
55 to 59 years 1,760 845 920
60 to 64 years 1,850 805 1,045
65 to 69 years 1,455 655 790
70 to 74 years 1,165 525 640
75 to 79 years 955 390 565
80 to 84 years 885 335 550
85 years and over 1,235 360 870
Median age 53.8 51.7 55.4

White Rock, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in White Rock, CY was 53.8 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and White Rock, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
White Rock, CY 51.3 53.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in White Rock was 5,140, which represents a change of 2.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In White Rock, 71.7% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.9% were common-law-couples and 15.4% were lone-parent families.

White Rock – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of White Rock, CY and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic name Total families Married-couple families Common-law-couple families Lone-parent families % change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number % number % number %
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3 5.5
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
White Rock, CY 5,140 3,685 71.7 665 12.9 790 15.4 2.5
Surrey, CY 131,065 101,155 77.2 10,380 7.9 19,530 14.9 17.3
Semiahmoo, IRI 30 10 33.3 10 33.3 10 33.3 50.0

White Rock – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of White Rock, 29.7% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 1,140
Married couples without children * 2,540
Common-law-couples with children * 145
Common-law-couples without children * 520

White Rock – Marital status

In White Rock, 51.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (44.1%) or living with a common-law partner (7.6%).

The remaining 48.3% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Table 9 Canada, British Columbia, White Rock, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status White Rock, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 17,545 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 9,070 51.7 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 7,730 44.1 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,340 7.6 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 8,475 48.3 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,775 21.5 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 610 3.5 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 2,175 12.4 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,920 10.9 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

White Rock – Types of private households

There were 9,870 private households4 in White Rock in 2011, a change of 3.7% from 2006. Of these, 12.5% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -5.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, White Rock, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 White Rock, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 9,870 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,235 12.5 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
2,910 29.5 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 745 7.5 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 4,530 45.9 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 125 1.3 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 320 3.2 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

White Rock – Structural type of dwelling

In White Rock, 28.6% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 10.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, British Columbia, White Rock, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling White Rock, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 9,870 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 2,820 28.6 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 100 1.0 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 125 1.3 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 990 10.0 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 4,320 43.8 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,465 14.8 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 40 0.4 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 5 0.1 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

White Rock, CY – Mother tongue

Chart J: White Rock, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: White Rock, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In White Rock, 80.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.8% reported French only, and 16.3% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 70.3% for English only, 1.3% for French only and 26.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 91.1% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.5% spoke only French and 6.6% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for only English, 0.4% for only French and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 White Rock, CY – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 18,695 100.0 18,695 100.0
English 15,095 80.7 17,040 91.1
French 345 1.8 95 0.5
Non-official language 3,040 16.3 1,235 6.6
Multiple responses 210 1.1 330 1.8
Table 13 White Rock, CY – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention13
(in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basis Complete retention; language spoken most often at home Partial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.7 99.5 0.2
French 44.0 21.4 22.6
Non-official language 67.2 43.3 23.9

White Rock, CY – Non-official languages

In White Rock, the three most common mother tongues were German (2.9%), Mandarin (1.4%) and Korean (1.0%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Panjabi (Punjabi) (4.5%), Cantonese (3.2%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (2.9%).

Table 14 White Rock, CY – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Number Percentage of non-official language mother-tongue population Percentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
German 545 17.0 2.9
Mandarin 255 8.0 1.4
Korean 195 6.1 1.0
Chinese, n.o.s. 170 5.3 0.9
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 170 5.3 0.9

White Rock, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 White Rock, CY – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groups Mother tongue
Total English French Non-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total 9.1 7.8 88.6 6.7
0 to 19 15.4 16.1 100.0 10.0
20 to 44 11.2 11.3 91.7 4.8
45 to 64 7.6 5.4 93.3 7.1
65 and over 5.9 3.1 84.0 6.6
Table 16 White Rock, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 18,695 100.0
English only 16,795 89.8
French only 10 0.1
English and French 1,740 9.3
Neither English nor French 150 0.8

Symbols:

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not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.


Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.
 

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